Meet the Artisans of Sana Hastakala, Nepal
Nepal is rich in terms of art and culture. With its diverse traditions, religions, ethnicities and lifestyles, Nepalese handcrafts are unlike those anywhere else in the world. Sana Hastakala promotes this wealth by working with producers to market and sell their handicrafts.
Sana Hastakala was established in 1989, with the financial and technical support of UNICEF, to promote and sell Nepalese handicrafts. Within two years it became self-sufficient and has steadily grown ever since. Today Sana Hastakala is a successful nongovernmental organisation (NGO) and a nonprofit organisation located in Laltipur, Nepal. With its own house staff and production unit, and more than 1200 outside individual producers, Sana Hastakala has grown beyond the dreams of 1989.
Sana Hastakala is also very active in the fair trade community. It is a founding member of FairTrade Group Nepal (FTG) and a member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO).
Sana Hastakala's Missions:
- to preserve Nepal’s rich artistic skills and craft techniques,
- to promote the exportation of Nepalese handicrafts,
- to motivate and support handicraft producers,
- to sponsor professional training workshops where appropriate,
- to promote handicrafts from different parts of the country, particularly from areas with lower levels of economic growth,
- to locate traditional handicrafts from all regions of Nepal and promote their high quality products, and
- to provide appropriate financial and technical support to craft producers.
For more than a decade Sana Hastakala has worked with Rara Nepal to promote and sell their handcrafted felt, knit and allo products. Beyond their dozen in-house employees in Lainchot, Kathmandu, Rara Nepal also provides employment to approximately 30 women who work from their homes. Rara Nepal supports the local Nepalese economy by purchasing local raw materials. These raw materials are transformed by their skilled workers through felting, needle knitting and crochet knitting. The care taken at every stage of production is apparent in the quality of the products. Customers are always pleased with purchases, especially their felt products.
Established in 1990, Lokta Paper is a leader in Nepal’s handcrafted paper industry. Lokta Paper seeks to introduce its paper and products across the world. Sana Hastakala’s marketing and foreign buyers are key to achieving this goal. Beyond their quality products, Lokta Paper is socially responsibly as it works to improve the livelihoods of deprived persons in rural and urban Nepal by providing them with valuable jobs. With a focus on innovative and environmentally friendly products, Lokta Paper products are a favorite at Sana Hastakala. Reducing their waste and ensuring that all paper comes from sustainability harvested trees is imperative for Lokta Paper. They also bring awareness about the use of Nepal’s natural resources.